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It must be difficult to make something as utilitarian as a staple remover cool, but Jac Zagoory Designs have done it.  The T-Rex Skull Staple Remover is an amazing item from a company that specializes in amazing office tools.

The T-Rex skull is solid pewter permanently attached to a steel staple remover.  Weighing-in at a hefty 5.5 ounces and measuring 2.5”L x 1.25”W x 1.75”H.  Both the pewter skull and staple remover are made here in the U.S.A.

This is still sold today making it a modern office item.  It is produced and sold by Jac Zagoory Designs, a company that has been making these types of items since 1995.  You can find this and their other items for sale on other specialty sites as well.  While information is sparse, it appears that they have been making this remover since approximately 2006.  It will cost you a heart-stopping $78.  Still, you are getting an extremely high quality piece that is as much a piece of art as it is an office implement.

And there’s the rub.  This is the kind of item that everyone looks at and says “wow!”, but it doesn’t actually do all that well in removing staples.  Perhaps I’m being picky, but for $78 I want my staple remover to remove staples.  The issue with this item specifically is the “lips”.  The forward edge of the T-Rex skull protrudes approximately 1/8 of an inch beyond the staple removing “teeth”.  This effectively means you can’t place this against a piece of paper and remove a staple.  What you can do is hold the paper in the air, then place the remover against the paper where the “lips” can fold back the paper a bit so the “teeth” can grab the staple.  It is awkward and often results in ripped paper.

So here’s my recommendation; if you need a staple remover go to your local office supply store and buy one for 78 cents and you’ll be happy.  If you want something mundane that has been turned into a piece of art then get it.  I mean, $78 for a miniature sculpture isn’t that bad because that’s what this really is.

Check out Jac Zagoory’s other offerings here.  I have a number of their items and I can testify that they are universally cool and extremely well-made – and most of them do the job they were designed for really well.

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